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11  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Another Nintendo DS purse/carrier on: January 22, 2009 09:21:53 AM
This was just a quickie figuring out a new design.  Here's the last one I made and the story behind it: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=286230.0 Fleece on the inside for padding with vinyl pockets on both sides to hold games.  This also fits a digital camera nicely and the pockets could be used for memory cards instead.





12  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Got scraps? Scrap-buster purse on: January 22, 2009 09:06:46 AM
So I got a bunch of awesome scraps on Etsy.  I don't have much in the way of "designer" fabrics, so this was a fun way to use some.  My inspiration came from http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=243955.0  I liked the randomness of the placement and the very "handmade" look.  If I do this again I will definitely use wonder-under on the scraps and fuse them to a sheet of non-fusible interfacing or sturdy fabric eliminating the need for the water-soluble sheet. 

The scrap part of the purse will continue to fray at the edges which I think gives it nice character.  You can't tell very well from the pictures, but the stitching over the scraps is kind of wavy.  I used a nice woven for the handles/band and an orangish for the pocket.  Anyway, here it is.  What do you think?

(sorry the pictures aren't great, I was waiting for some nice natural light and didn't get any)







13  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Rolled handles--how do I make them? on: January 17, 2009 03:01:13 PM
Would I make a rolled handle/strap the same way I make a regular strap and just fold and sew the edges together for the rolled part?  or is something stuffed inside?  I like the look of them, but it seems like just folding them in half would look kind of shoddy because they would end up creasing.  Any advice or tute links would be greatly appreciated!!
14  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / I know I've seen it before, rounded bottom bag with darts pattern on: January 14, 2009 06:21:39 PM
ARGH!  I've looked at so many things lately I can't keep track.  I'm making a bag with a rounded bottom and I know I've seen a pattern with two darts on each corner of the bottom.  I just need it for reference, but I'd really like to see the location of the darts.  I'm about to just start chopping on some muslin until I get the look I want.

Anyone know what I'm talking about?
15  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Mommy, the dogs ate my DS case on: January 08, 2009 10:25:34 AM
So, my daughter got a Nintendo DS for Christmas.  A few days later we were out shopping and she begged me to buy a $20 case for it.  I really wanted to make her one, but since I had returned another item for $20 I caved.  That very night she left it on the back porch, when I left the dogs out in the morning they decided it was a fun new toy.  They tore the handle off and made a big mess of it, but somehow the DS and games survived.  (Good thing)

Anyway, I got to make her one like I originally wanted to.  I borrowed the idea for the game holders from here. http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=252889.0 (thanks Jilden)  The yellow fabric and zipper came from a terry robe that was my grandmothers.  I didn't have any other yellow that I liked.  Oh and I didn't applique the owl it was already on the fabric. shhhhh.

the front


the back


the back pouch opened with all of the cool little pockets to hold games


inside with room for DS and charger and perhaps a few more small items


destroyed inspiration piece
16  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / if you could go back would you do it again? on: January 06, 2009 07:09:07 AM
I'm at a crossroads.  I was laid off 6 months ago from my job of 14 years.  Since then I've revived my love of sewing and crafting.  So now I need to produce an income, do I go for it and actually sell my stuff?  Is it possible to be that successful at it?  Mostly I'd stick to purses and bags.  I set up an etsy shop but only ever listed one item, after a week or so I just decided to use it for myself.  LOL.  I can get a part-time job and focus on the sewing too.  That feels like the most appealing option to me at this point. 

So if you had to do it again would you start a craft business?  Does your passion become too much of a chore after awhile?  And how do you know if you are "good enough" to make money with your crafts?  I would certainly chose doing what I love over making a ton of money anyday. 
17  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Awesome fleece jacket on: January 05, 2009 02:49:40 PM
I really liked this pattern so I decided to try it even though my luck with patterns isn't very good.  I did adjust the sleeve length, I thought I'd get more use out of longer sleeves.  It's Simplicity #2808 and I'd say it was a good true to size, easy to follow pattern.  The only difficult part was marking for the tucks, I ended up using tape and sewed along the tape line since it's not easy to mark fleece.  If I make another one (and I think I will) I might make the arm holes just a smidge bigger.  It's made out of fleece but the charcoal gray color totally looks like wool.





Here's a picture of the original pattern
18  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / "K" Monogram purse on: December 22, 2008 03:59:14 PM
YAY!!!  This is my last purse/bag Christmas present to make.  Now all I have to finish is a pair of sleep pants and a tissue holder.  It looks like vinyl, but it's a textured fabric and the top band and strap are metallic light blue vinyl (?) from the Walmart clearance trim section.  This was my first attempt at reverse applique, I think it turned out pretty good.  I'm kicking myself for forgetting the magnetic snap, I might sew in a piece of velcro, but I really hate velcro.  I'm not ripping seams out that's for sure. 



close up of monogram


inside w/ pen/cell phone pockets (you can see the true color of the blues better in this pic)

19  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Bugs in my Lunch Bag on: December 21, 2008 06:14:56 PM
I just finished this for my soon to be mother-in-law.  (only 6 more days!!) It's a lunch tote, I chose not to do the fusible vinyl on the inside but it does have insul-brite inside.  The inspiration is from this tute http://kayray.org/crafts/red_tutorial/  I liked the shape, but changed the size, handles, and construction a bit.   I just LOVE this fabric, finally a change from the browns and neutrals I've been using.  (Here's the lunch tote I made the other day http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=282783.0 )





20  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / crane lunch tote on: December 15, 2008 07:52:18 AM
Finally getting down to the last few homemade pressies for Christmas!  Here's a lunch tote for my stepmom, she picked the fabric which I really like.  This was my first attempt with fusible vinyl....it's the devil!  Ok, it's not that bad to fuse, but it wrinkles easily.  It's also lined with insul-brite.  I'm going to re-do the topstitching, my machine went bonkers and missed MANY stitches, not sure what's up with that!  Why is everything I make lately NEUTRAL colors?!? 



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